Set high above olive groves and vineyards, Villa Da Vinci is situated in the heart of a wide park overlooking the castle of Vinci and at a few steps from the small house where the genius Leonardo was born. The large golden villa with its striking arched portico faces a wide welcoming piazza that leads naturally to the large garden that wraps around the side and back of the villa. Here, there are wide green lawns and a furnished pergola where the family can gather for an evening meal or parents can enjoy a glass of wine while watching the children busy at the nearby playground. From the piazza, steps lead down to a large swimming pool whose stunning view of the landscape and the village of Vinci below will cause you to catch your breath. The generous area around the pool has sunbeds and umbrellas and is suitable for dinners al fresco or festive celebrations.
From the entry hall are doors to a large living area, with comfortable sofas facing a valley vista at one end and a table and fireplace with elegant pietra serena mantle at the other; both are excellent places for guests to gather and enjoy the day's discoveries. A bright dining room with a table for 12 is next to a large well-equipped kitchen with access to the back door leading to the garden. Also on this floor is an extra WC. A stone staircase leads to the first floor, whose beautiful wood lacunar ceiling stretches over the long hallway. Of the bedrooms, all of which have large windows with pleasant views, there are two double bedrooms with king-size beds and ensuite shower rooms, one of which also has an oval bath. The other two double bedrooms share a large bathroom and all bath and shower rooms are generously dressed in marble. The final rooms on this floor are a handy laundry room and a large sitting room where one can relax and read a book, listen to music or watch TV, all under a beautiful XXVII century ceramic ceiling.
The villa is located just a few steps from the house of Leonardo and a 15 minute walk from the village of Vinci where, in additon to shops and restaurants, there is a fascinating museum dedicated to the inventions and scientific expertise of the village's native son. The area offers a wide choice of cultural and enogastronomic activities, from the famous ceramics of Montelupo, to the easy day trips to historic villages such as Cerreto Guidi, San Miniato and Certaldo, which finish with winetasting at one of the wonderful farmhouses in the area. Whether it's big city shopping in Florence, Pisa or Lucca, or a day of pampering at the spa towns of Montacatini and Monsummano Terme, Villa Da Vinci is well situated to enjoy it all and still be back for supper and a Tuscan sunset....Read more
Left on 08/16/2014 for a stay in August 2014 | lizzyb28Reviewed Aug 16, 2014Stayed Aug 2014
Fabulous villa - lovely high ceilings and well furnished. Large garden with wonderful swimming pool ( the olive trees slightly block the stunning view but it is a super pool). Well located with a short walk to Vinci - one thing to note is that the villa is actually called Villa Casanova - we struggled to find it without Sat Nav. Food in nearby restaurants was okay - some have stunning views so worth it for that. No air con in the villa but the fans were pretty good and the high ceilings helped. The owners/caretakers are very helpful and friendly. Supermarket in Empoli is about 20 mins away - don't go on a Saturday afternoon around 5pm as it is packed! Smaller Coop in Vinci - beware the siesta closing time. Villa is to be highly recommended - well equipped kitchen and comfortable throughout. Wifi connection is great.
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